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Development of a measure to assess youth self-reported experiences of activity settings (SEAS)

Gillian King, Beata Batorowicz, Patty Rigby, Margot McMain-Klein, Laura Thompson, Madhu Pinto

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Owing to a lack of measures by which to capture participation experiences the authors developed a psychometrically sound measure of youth experiences of community/home leisure activity settings. The 22-item Self-Reported Experiences of Activity Settings (SEAS) captures the following experiences of youth with a Grade 3 level of language comprehension or more: Personal Growth, Psychological Engagement, Social Belonging, Meaningful Interactions, and Choice and Control. Forty-five youth aged 14-23 years (10 with severe disabilities) completed the SEAS in 160 leisure activity settings. The SEAS showed good to excellent internal consistency (Cronbach's alpha from 0.71 to 0.88) and moderate test-retest reliability (mean scale intra-class correlation coefficient = 0.68), as expected due to changes in activity settings over time. The SEAS was able to differentiate various types of activity settings and participation partners. The SEAS can be used to gain greater understanding of situation-specific experiences of youth participating in various types of recreation and leisure activity settings, including youth with different types of disabilities and those without disabilities. [Author abstract, ed]

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Journal/Publication : International Journal of Disability, Development and Education

Domain/s: Community and civic participation

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